3 Surprising Skills ADHD Affects

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You may already know the major signs of ADHD. But it doesn’t just impact focus and self-control. Here are three surprising skills ADHD can affect.

1. Managing Emotions

Emotions can feel more intense with ADHD. They can even get in the way of everyday life. People with ADHD may be quick to get frustrated by seemingly minor things. And they might have trouble calming down when they’re angry or upset.

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2. Getting Things Done

The ADHD brain makes it hard for people to get organized and get things done. It’s especially hard to get started on tasks they have little or no interest in. This isn’t a matter of willpower. It’s about how ADHD affects brain chemistry.

3. Hyperfocus

ADHD can make it hard to focus. But it can also make it hard for people to stop focusing on something they really enjoy, like playing a video game. That’s because ADHD makes it hard to choose what to pay attention to at any given moment. And it can explain why people with ADHD might be so absorbed in something that they don’t notice their name being called loudly.

Learn more about skills ADHD affects: See a day in the life of a child with ADHD.

About the Author

About the Author

The Understood Team 

is made up of passionate writers, editors, and community moderators. Many of them learn and think differently, or have kids who do.

Reviewed by

Reviewed by

Elizabeth Harstad, MD, MPH 

is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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